Tools and Equipment
Dewalt to discontinue 18V NiCad batteries
By Anthony Capkun
September 15, 2021 – 18V NiCad batteries will be phased out of the Dewalt portfolio, and you are encouraged to switch to the 20V Max system.
The manufacturer says these batteries (DC9096 and DC9096S) are estimated to run through March 2022 (subject to customer demands and subject to change). The 18V XRP lithium-ion battery (DC9180) and all other compatible battery models for 18V XRP have been discontinued.
Users may use the 18V to 20V adapter (DCA1820), which allows the use of 20V Max Li-ion batteries in most 18V tools. The adapter is not compatible with Flexvolt batteries or 20V Max 6.0Ah, 8.0Ah, or 10.0Ah XR batteries (DCB206, DCB208, DCB210), and should not be used with Dewalt batteries in DC970 or DC759 tools. In addition, 18V chargers may not be used to charge 20V Max batteries via the adapter.
Dewalt suggests upgrading with its Factory Service Trade-Up Program, in which you trade in an existing 18V tool—in any condition—and receive a discount on a new, equivalent 20V product. Some conditions apply.